The more you know: COVID-19 college information

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We understand that the impact the COVID-19 virus has had on our communities has been extremely challenging, and we appreciate everyone’s patience. At this time, we have delayed our efforts to place students for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. We are focused on developing field education plans for our 2020 graduating students and supporting agencies that are managing the impact of this crisis on our community.

Please be assured that we will work with every student to make sure they get matched for their field practicum as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate and manage the impact on COVID-19 on field education at The Ohio State University and on our communities overall. We will provide an update to you by Mid-April or as soon as we are able.

As a reminder, you can find College of Social Work COVID-19 specific information on our website. If you have immediate concerns, please email



HeritageHouseAt OSU College of Social Work, undergraduate and master’s students contribute almost a half million hours in service to Ohio’s underserved, disadvantaged and poor.

Field Education is where you will put your classroom learning into practice, engaging with other social workers, and developing your professional identity.

Field Education has been identified as the signature pedagogy of social work, by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Signature pedagogy is the method by which a student learns their profession; for social work, that is in field education.

But signature pedagogies also do more; they disclose important information about the personality of a professional field — its values, knowledge, and manner of thinking, almost perhaps, its total worldview.


Please feel free to contact our field staff with any questions or comments you may have.

Columbus Campus Staff


Katie Klakos, MSW, LISW-S
Director of Field Education

Anna Stewart, MSW, LISW-S
Assistant Director of Field Education

Jenna Addington, MSW, LISW-S
Field Placement Coordinator

Joe Bowman, MSW, LSW
Field Education Coordinator

Meredith Fine, MSW, LISW-S
Field Placement Coordinator

Chrissy Gilbert, MSW, LISW-S
Field Education Coordinator

Catherine Hechmer, LISW-S, LICDC-CS
Interprofessional Education and Practice Coordinator

Linda Helm, MSW, PhD., LISW-S, ACSW
Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program Manager

Jenny Kreinbrink, MSW, LSW
Field Education Coordinator

Pam Mayor
Social Work Program Manager

Karen Porter, MSSA, LISW-S
Online Field Education Coordinator

LaVada Washington, MA, MSW, LISW-S
Field Education Coordinator

Jessica Webb
Field Administrative Associate


Regional Campus Staff


Lima: Laurel Weaver, MSW, LISW-S
Field Liaison- BSSW, MSW Programs Lecturer

Marion: Teri Kinsway, MSW, LISW-S
Social Work Program Manager & Field Education Coordinator of School-Based Placements

Mansfield: Mary Jo Hawk
Social Work Programs Manager

Newark: Jennifer Seas, MSW, LISW-S
Social Work Program Manager

Newark: Laura Wright, MSW, LISW-S
Part-time Lecturer/Field Liaison